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The town of Gold Hill, Oregon is in turmoil. Two-thirds of its City Council is the subject of a recall election on Monday.

Legal marijuana grows are just getting started in Washington state. But it’s the illegal ones that local, state and federal agents are searching out this month.

Gabriela walks into a large, dimly lit apartment, goes to a counter, buys a bag of sativa and sits on the sofa with her friends, joint in hand, like in Amsterdam. Except this is not Amsterdam. This is Barcelona, and the open sale of marijuana is illegal.

Medical marijuana is now legal in nearly half of all U.S. states, but doing research on the drug is harder than one might think. Because of federal laws and regulations, it can take years to get the approval necessary to start a study.

University of Arizona doctor Sue Sisley says she was fired for her research on marijuana. Sisley was leading a federally-approved study on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and medical marijuana, when the university cut ties with her.

Marcie Sillman talks to Les Leyne, legislative reporter for the Victoria Times Colonist, about the news from Canada. Marc Emery, the self proclaimed "Prince Of Pot" was released from U.S. prison and has arrived back in Canada. Also, test results have come back favorably for the Mt. Polley mine dam breach in British Columbia.

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This July, the Fife City Council prohibited all marijuana business inside Fife city limits.

That ban has been challenged by State Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the ACLU. The Fife case has a hearing in Pierce County Superior Court at the end of this month. It could end up in Supreme Court by the end of the year.

Pot Business Sues City Of Fife Over Ban

Aug 8, 2014

Ross Reynolds talks with James Dusek, owner of Downtown Cannabis Company in Pacific, Wash. He and two other marijuana business have sued the City of Fife over its ban on marijuana businesses, worrying that the ban could spread to other areas. The case has been taken up by the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington.

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So long, Seattle parks levies! We won't be needing you anymore. Seattle's Proposition 1 to permanently fund parks looks to be passing. And speaking of parks, should police only enforce the outdoor pot smoking ban if kids are nearby?

Also, there were some interesting primary election results, but did this week’s vote reveal bigotry in Western Washington? When should your city take a stand on world events?

KUOW's Bill Radke discusses these issues with Joni Balter, C.R. Douglas, Erica C. Barnett and special guest John Moe of Wits and Rewind.

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As part of the comedy duo Cheech and Chong, Tommy Chong portrayed marijuana users as slapstick buffoons. But now he’s in Seattle for what he says is the serious endeavor of promoting the benefits of marijuana – and his personal brand.

In Eastern Washington, a pair of very different guys teamed up to embark on an experiment to grow Washington’s latest agricultural crop -- legal marijuana. 

Figuring out how to maximize yields on legal marijuana in Washington state will be tricky -- and not every licensed farmer will survive the competition and the tight margins.

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After the hoopla settled down after the grand opening of Seattle’s first state-licensed retail marijuana store in July, pot aficionados found that retail stores were hard to find.

This week, we’ll be examining Washington's freshest crop - marijuana. The agriculture, the security and the personalities.

As legal pot growing operations spring to life from urban King County to remote corners of Washington state, an ongoing debate has developed within this new farming community.

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And today's last word In Business is the story of a prison going to pot.

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That is the proposed new use for a defunct prison - Colorado's High Plains Correctional Facility.

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This week, we’re talking about former Seattle mayor Paul Schell, the monorail and Seafair. And we may just be able to work in Bobo the Gorilla, Ivar and the Bubbleator.

In between Blue Angels fly-bys, listen to KUOW's Bill Radke review the week's news with Eli Sanders of The Stranger, Crosscut's Knute Berger and Jezebel’s Lindy West.

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When Seattle Police Department officials dug into the data from its first report about marijuana enforcement they found that 80 percent of tickets were issued by one officer.

One apparently very frustrated officer.

In one citation, the officer refers to Washington state's legal pot law as “silly.” He also added at the bottom of the citations, "Attn: Petey Holmes," a snarky reference to Seattle's city attorney, Pete Holmes.

Oregon’s legalized marijuana campaign says pot would generate about $39 million in tax revenue in its first year. Legislative revenue experts disagree.

Oregon's pot law allows up to four pot plants per home.
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Bill Radke speaks with Terry Tang, New York Times deputy editorial page editor, about the newspaper’s six-part editorial series on legalizing marijuana. Tang said the decision to endorse legal pot was unanimous.

Two men who produced marijuana candy appeared in federal court Friday for a detention hearing . They’re accused of endangering others while manufacturing marijuana extracts.

Oregon To Vote On Legalizing Marijuana, Again

Jul 24, 2014

Ross Reynolds talks with Anthony Johnson, director of New Approach Oregon, which recently submitted enough signatures for a referendum on recreational marijuana legalization to appear on the November ballot.

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Ross Reynolds talks with Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes about whether a disproportionate amount of black people are issued tickets for public pot use. Holmes says he's working on a plan to provide public spaces that are safe to smoke marijuana.

A Dope Insight On How Weed Affects Teens

Jul 23, 2014
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Join Nia Price-Nascimento and Angela Nguyen on "Weed Wednesday" to hear opinions from teens and adults about the underage use of marijuana, as well as facts from an expert. Add your voice to the conversation using #WeedRadioActive

An initiative to legalize recreational marijuana in Oregon qualified for the November ballot Tuesday.

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State-licensed marijuana retail stores are just opening their doors in Washington and state regulators are still deciding what customers will find inside. Last month the Washington State Liquor Control Board told processors they will allow sweets, but not if they’re presented in a way that’s deemed "especially appealing to children."

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Some Microsoft employees probably regret not taking that other job offer. Seattle’s city attorney regrets bringing his pot to work. Should a Seattle theater company regret not casting any Asian American actors for its current show? And you'll regret it if you take I-90 westbound into Seattle next week.

What else do you regret? And how would you tell your younger self to avoid regrets?

Ross Reynolds talks to Redmond Barnett, head of the exhibits department for the Washington State Historical Society, about what happened the last time the state lifted prohibition.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Roger Roffman, University of Washington professor emeritus of social work, about how to stay safe with marijuana edibles.

Marijuana enthusiasts should still think twice before lighting up in the streets of Brooklyn.

The borough's district attorney announced this week that he'll no longer prosecute most low-level marijuana possession cases. But not all law enforcement officials in New York City are on board. Police Commissioner William Bratton responded to Thompson's decision with a shrug.

"It will not have any impact on our officers and the discretion they have as they go about their business," says Bratton.

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Seattle officially kicks off its experiment in retail recreational pot. Germany kicks goal after merciless goal in a total rout of Brazil in the World Cup semifinals.

And public officials have a message for the person who dropped off three human skulls at the Bellevue Goodwill this week: You're not in any trouble, but would you please call 206.731.3232. The King County Medical Examiner's Office would like to speak with you.

Luke Burbank steps in for Bill Radke to talk over these stories and more with Eli Sanders, Joni Balter and Knute Berger.

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